Beauty & the Bank: Sephora Sale


“Is it worth it?” In the wonderful world of skincare, this question is almost impossible to answer. Skin types and bank accounts vary from one to another and where one spends their pennies is a personal choice. The only answer we feel comfortable giving is where we’d spend our OWN pennies (or big bills in some cases) and therefore, Beauty & The Bank was born. Brand by brand, serum by serum, Beauty and the Bank provides product overviews and mini reviews of everything that’s graced our faces to date. Take a peek into what we’ve tried, what we’ve loved, and what you’d have to pay us to use.

First things first: to better understand our thoughts, you have to understand our skin:

VANESSA: 35 years old with oily/combo skin (to be honest, more like really oily t zone and slightly oily everywhere else), prone to redness and breakouts. Main concerns: fighting the signs of aging (especially lines around the mouth) and improving skin clarity. Vanessa lives in Minneapolis with frigid winter and glorious (but far too short) summers with low humidity. She spends 1/3 of her time on the beach in Florida in extreme heat and humidity. (Find her on Instagram at @goalstogetglowing).

LAURA: 34 years old with chronically dehydrated with fine lines, prone to pigmentation, previous acne sufferer. Main Concerns: hydration, fighting the signs of aging, and pigmentation. Laura lives in Toronto with frigid winters and humid summers. Laura will never be caught camping and is a fan of heating and air conditioning, and she is on an airplane weekly for work, furthering her dehydration. (Find her on Instagram at @lathertolashes).


Sephora Beauty Insider Appreciation Event

Did someone say sale? Sephora sale? Sign us up. The Sephora Beauty Insider Event doesn’t happen often, and a lot of the brands Sephora carries rarely go on sale (La Mer, SK-II, we’re looking at you) so it may be a good time to stock up your carts with backups or items you’ve been dying to try but waiting for a little discount. Each of us has come up with both an AM and PM routine full of Sephora goodies we love. No rating scale for this Beauty and the Bank series as all of these we would rate a 3 (I’d buy it if it were on sale (duh)) or more.

Below we cover:

  1. Sale dates and details
  2. Brands to focus on and which brands you can find at other online retailers for potentially less
  3. AM and PM routines with sale picks
  4. What products are currently in our shopping cart

Happy shopping, beauties.

This post is NOT sponsored. We just thought it would be fun to share some picks.

Sale Details and Tips

Dates: August 24th – September 3rd, with the first six days open to VIB Rouge Only. In an interesting turn of events, the emailed coupon is valid only ONCE online, but unlimited times in store.

Valid in both US and Canada:

  • Rouge Members: 20% off with code YESROUGE, valid 8/24 through 9/3
  • VIB Members: 15% off with code YESVIB, valid 8/30 through 9/3
  • Beauty Insiders: 10% off with code YESINSIDER, valid 8/30 through 9

Don’t forget to stack coupons by using Ebates to save more money. If you haven’t signed up before you can get $10 in your account after your first purchase of $25 or more for using this referral link:

We focus on items that are exclusive to Sephora because (especially for people that aren’t Rouge…like Vanessa), we can get bigger discounts  purchasing some brands from other retailers or from the brand’s own website. For example, Vanessa never buys Sunday Riley products during the Sephora sale  because will often have 25-30% coupons that work on Sunday Riley. **Update 4/26/19: Skinstore hasn’t had as many 30% off coupons lately but I have still seen some 25% off. Also, some people have experienced some pretty bad customer service from Skinstore so that is something to keep in mind.**

To help make it easier to know which brands AREN’T at Macy’s, Ulta, Skinstore, and Dermstore (which often have coupon codes), below is a list of brands [as of Aug 2018] that would be a good idea to focus on for the sale because they are NOT at Macy’s, Ulta, Skinstore, or Dermstore. 

Acqua Di Parma Fresh MILK MAKEUP
AERIN Giorgio Armani Beauty Miu Miu
amika Grace Coddington Moroccanoil
AmorePacific Grande Lips Natasha Denona
ARDENCY INN Herbivore Neogen Dermalogy
Atelier Cologne HERMÈS NEST
belif Hourglass NUDE Skincare
Bésame Cosmetics Huda Beauty Ole Henriksen
Bite Beauty Human + Kind Original Moxie
Black Up I LOVE NEW YORK by Bond No. 9 Ouai
Brett Freedman Beauty Iles Formula Pinch Provisions
Bronze Buffer ILIA PINROSE
Bumble and bumble J.One Primary Raw
Caolion Jao Qhemet Biologics
Charlotte Tilbury (NOTE: Everything is currently out of stock… not sure if I will be in stock before the end of the sale) JINsoon ReTress
Chosungah 22 Josie Maran Riiviva
Christian Louboutin Kane NY Sally Hershberger
Ciaté London Kari Gran Say Hello To Sexy Legs
Cinema Secrets Kat Von D Skin Inc.
COMME DES GARCONS Kate Somerville Son & Park
Commodity Kenzoki Static Nails
CosmoCube Kérastase Stella McCartney
D&G Kiehl’s Since 1851 Supergoop!
Dauphines of New York Kiesque surratt beauty
Diamancel Kopari Tata Harper
Disney Collection L’Occitane Tatcha
Dollar Shave Club Lancer THE BLEND
Dr Roebuck’s L’Artisan Parfumeur The Estée Edit
Dr. Brandt Skincare Lavett & Chin The New Black
Dr. Jart+ Lit Cosmetics TOCCA
Drunk Elephant LXMI Too Cool For School
DTRT Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Touch In Sol
DUO Madison Reed Velour Silk Lashes
Earth’s Nectar MAISON MARGIELA Verb
ELLIS BROOKLYN Manic Panic Viseart
Erborian Marc Jacobs Beauty Wander Beauty
Etat Libre d’Orange Marc Jacobs Fragrances Well-Kept
Farmacy MARCHESA WEN® by Chaz Dean
Flash Tattoos Marula WILDFOX
Formula X May Coop ZÜCA

Click here for a table with all the brands and where it can be found at Macy’s, Ulta, Dermstore, and Skinstore. 

Just for signing up for Skinstore and Dermstore’s newsletter you can get 20-25% off (Dermstore has some brand exclusions, but Skinstore seems to allow almost all brands it just excludes sale items).

Brand Code Percent Off Shipping
Skinstore IMBACK 25% Off Free
Dermstore Personalized Code 20% Off
Now it is 15% off [4/2019]

Also, there are some other brands that offer newsletter discounts that can be found in this helpful list posted on Reddit:

Now on to our AM and PM Routines with our Sale Picks!


1. Cleanse: Algenist Gentle Rejuvenating Cleanser

  • Brand Description: This deep-acting daily facial wash gently cleanses the skin without irritation or dryness, removing impurities and makeup for revived, radiant, and younger-looking skin. Alguronic acid, a microalgae-derived ingredient and antiaging powerhouse, provides unique and powerful regenerative skin care properties.
  • Smell: Slight mildew smell from the ingredients, but it is manageable and mild
  • pH: 4.8 (yay!)
  • Texture/application: Thick and creamy
  • Place used in my routine: AM Cleanse
  • Size and Price: 4 oz for $28
  • Ingredients: Water, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Stearic Acid, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone PEG-8 Meadowfoamate, Hamamelis Virginiana Water (Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water), Algae Exopolysaccharides, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Pyrus Malus Fruit Extract (Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract), Citrus Medica Limonum Fruit Extract (Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Fruit Extract (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract), Saccharum Officinarum Extract (Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract), Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract (Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract), Jojoba Alcohol, Potassium Jojobate, Glycerin, Lauryl Lactyl Lactate, Butylene Glycol, Benzoic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin.
V thoughts
This gentle cleanser has antioxidants, anti-inflammatory ingredients and brightening properties. It also has witch hazel, green tea extract, licorice which are ingredients I love. I like to leave this on for a minute or two to try to benefit a but more from the great ingredients.

2. Spot Treatment (as needed): Peter Thomas Roth AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel

  • Brand Description: This advanced formulation reduces the appearance of whiteheads, blackheads, and blemishes, while cleansing pores and helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne marks, and residual discolorations. It contains maximum strength salicylic acid, along with potent glycolic acid complex, retinyl palmitate, licorice, arnica, and aloe, which support natural cell turnover. This product delivers proven antiaging benefits, leaving skin looking smooth, healthy, and younger.
  • Smell: None
  • Texture/application: Light gel
  • Place used in my routine: After cleansing, if needed (and I can apply multiple times a day without it drying out my skin)
  • Size and Price: 3.4 oz for $54
  • Ingredients: -Salicylic Acid 2%
    Alcohol Denat.,Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Arginine, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Bht, Butylene Glycol, Butylparaben, Citric Acid, Cyclopentasiloxane, Denatonium Benzoate, Diazolidinyl Urea, Disodium Phosphate, Ethylparaben, Glycerin, Glycolic Acid, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Glyoxal, Helianthus Annuus(Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Isobutylparben, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbate 60, Potassium Sorbate, Propylene Glycol, Propylparaben, Retinyl Palmitate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Nitrate, Sodium Phosphate, T-Butyl Alcohol, Water
V thoughts
I just talked about this in my Dermstore sale picks, but I will repeat my thoughts here. I am on the last drops of my original bottle (which lasted me about 18 months) and I CAN NOT be without this. This is the product that I depot into a little sample jar to always have with me when I travel (because I always get a blemish when I travel… such fun). It works best on cysts, works decent on small bumps (texture). The reason I love it is because I like to treat spots with a combo of BHA and AHA (which this has) BUT I also don’t want to overly dry out spots or leave my skin flakey. If I feel a major bump along my jawline forming I will put this on two to three times a day on the spot and it never makes it dry and it will either flatten the bump or make it come to the surface and leave much quicker. I am pretty sure this is supposed to be an all over face treatment since the bottle is so big, but I personally use it as a spot treatment (although I will put it all over my forehead when I have bad texture that forms there).

3. Hydrating Toner: Origins x Andrew Weil Mega Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Treatment Lotion

  • Brand description: This light, refreshing treatment lotion, made with reishi mushroom and fermented chaga and coprinus mushrooms—hydrates and soothes for calm, healthy-looking skin. The formula is alcohol-free and pH-balanced.
  • Smell: Fresh and delightful (kind of reminds me of how it smells when you walk into an Aveda store)
  • Texture/application: Watery
  • Place used in my routine: Before serums
  • Size and Price: 6.7 oz for $34
  • Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, PEG-4, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil**, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil**, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil**, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil**, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil**, Boswellia Carterii (Olibanum) Oil***, Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol, Ganoderma Lucidum (Reishi Mushroom) Extract, Fuscoporia Obliqua Sclerotium Extract, Cordyceps Sinensis (Mushroom) Extract, Ergothioneine, Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Lactobacillus Ferment, Hippophae Rhamnoides Extract*, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract*, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract*, Ocimum Sanctum (Holy Basil) Leaf Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Silybum Marianum Fruit Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Centella Asiatica (Hydrocotyl) Extract, Hypnea Musciformis (Algae) Extract, Caffeine, Sucrose*, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Extract, Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Gellidiella Acerosa Extract, Trideceth-9, Glycerin, Glycereth-26, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Maltodextrin, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol.
V thoughts
This is SUCH a lovely product to use. It is so soothing and hydrating and it is also a favorite of my mom and husband… and basically anyone that tries it. I will also use this to mix in with dry masks in addition to just applying it directly on my face with hands or cotton pad.

4. Hydrating Serum: Algenist Liquid Collagen

  • Brand description: This breakthrough fountain of youth leverages a clean, vegan formulation design to help replenish and preserve a healthy, youthful skin matrix by delivering vegan collagen to the skin in its most active state. The anti-aging formula contains 13,000 microalgae oil beads naturally sourced and sustainably produced, omegas 3, 6, and 9, and a natural source of vitamin E. Skin is left more resilient, brighter, and youthful-looking.
  • Smell: Slight fragrance that some people seem to either hate or not care about. It didn’t bother me.
  • Texture/application: Thin gel serum
  • Place used in my routine: Before moisturizer
  • Size and Price: 1 oz for $115
  • Ingredients: Collagen, Water (Aqua, Eau), Propanediol, Isononyl Isononanoate, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Betaine, Pentylene Glycol, Dextrin Palmitate, Collagen Amino Acids,Parachlorella Beijerinckii Exopolysaccharides, Chlorella Protothecoides Oil, Helichrysum Stoechas Extract, Cylindrotheca Fusiformis Extract, Niacinamide, Tocopherol, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Adenosine, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Palmitic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Carbomer, Sodium Lactate, Amodimethicone, Homosalate, Polysorbate 20, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Octocrylene, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Limonene, Beta-Carotene (CI 75130).
V thoughts
Despite the name, I don’t use this product thinking its main role is to boost collagen… it would be great if it did, but I don’t know of any scientific evidence that the collagen used in this product will penetrate the skin and increase collagen over time. Bottom line is that my skin looks so healthy and plump with I use this. I treat this like a special treat (given the price) and use it 2 to 3 days in a row before an event to guarantee glowing skin. This absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave a weird residue. It has also never pilled on me.

5. Moisturizer: Tatcha Water Cream

  • Brand description: The Water Cream provides nutrient-rich, balanced hydration with the unique water-burst that breaks upon application to deliver nourishment without leaving skin sticky or greasy. It clarifies and refines skin with pure, powerful Japanese botanicals: Japanese wild rose visibly tightens pores and smooths skin texture; Japanese leopard lily helps control excess oil and purify skin by supporting natural skin turnover; and hadasei-3—an anti-aging trinity of green tea, rice, and algae—restores healthy-looking radiance. The formula imparts a subtle, shine-free glow with a touch of 23-karat gold.
  • Smell: Botanical light smell
  • Texture/application: Super lightweight cream that turns into a watery texture when you apply it on skin.
  • Place used in my routine: After serums
  • Size and Price: 1.7 oz for $68
  • Ingredients: Water, Saccharomyces/Camellia Sinensis Leaf/Cladosiphon Okamuranus/Rice Ferment Filtrate*, Dimethicone, Propanediol, Glycerin, Diglycerin, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Gold, Belamcanda Chinensis Root Extract, Rosa Multiflora Fruit Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lecithin, Pistacia Lentiscus (Mastic) Gum, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Citrate, Mica, Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Peg-10/15 Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Phenyl Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Disodium Edta, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Parfum/Fragrance, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol. *Hadasei-3.
V thoughts
This is light and refreshing and makes my skin immediately hydrated and bouncy. I love this in the summer in particular. The packaging is heavy and beauty and it feels luxurious. Do I need to use an expensive moisturizer? No. But sometimes you just need to treat yourself.

6. SPF: Dr. Dennis Gross Dark Spot Sun Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50

  • Brand description: This hydrating, antiaging sunscreen reduces the appearance of dark spots, uneven skin tone, and aging around the face and delicate eye area as it greatly decreases the risk of skin cancer. Formulated with a breakthrough complex featuring melatonin as well as three forms of vitamin C and vitamin E, this essential final step in your daily skin care routine is your first line of defense against photo-aging and sun damage. The broad-spectrum, high-protection, SPF 50 formula is safe and effective, does not contain chemical filters, and is the highest FDA-allowed level of sun protection available. Skin-nourishing ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and evening primrose oil hydrate and improve skin elasticity.
  • Smell: None
  • Texture/application: Creamy and easy to apply. Doesn’t leave a white cast once absorbed.
  • Place used in my routine: Before makeup
  • Size and Price: 1.7 oz for $42
  • Ingredients: Acrylates/Carbamate Copolymer, Aluminum Hydroxide, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Benzyl Alcohol, BHT, Bis-ethylhexyl Hydroxydimethoxy Benzylmalonate, Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract, Butylene Glycol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Citric Acid, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Coconut Alkanes, Disodium EDTA, Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil, Glycerin, Glycolic Acid, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Isohexadecane, Isononyl Isononanoate, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Melatonin, Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Oleanolic Acid, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Pentylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Phospholipids, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Polysorbate 60, Potassium Sorbate, Propanediol , Saccharide Isomerate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium PCA, Sphingolipids, Stearic Acid, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopherol, Water, Xanthan Gum, Zinc PCA.
V thoughts
Great mineral-based SPF that also includes vitamin e and 3 forms of Vit C. It doesn’t make me greasy and works well under makeup. Doesn’t leave a bad white cast either.

LAURA’S AM Routine

1. Cleanse: Indie Lee Rosehip

  • Brand description: A gentle, nourishing, antioxidant-rich cleanser that removes makeup and impurities while helping to soothe and protect sensitive skin types. Ideal for sensitive skin, this formula features antioxidant rosehip seed oil along with mineral-rich red seaweed extract and vitamins A, C, and E that leave the skin calm, nourished, and protected from environmental elements.
  • Smell: I like it, and I dislike the rose scent. This one smells fresh without being overly floral
  • Texture/application: Light gel, non-foaming, rinses clean with no tightness
  • Place used in my routine: AM Cleanse
  • Size and Price: 4.2 oz for $32
  • Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Potassium Cocoate, Fragrance, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Rosa Rubiginosa Seed Oil, Phenethyl Alcohol, Pentylene Glycol, Propanediol, Xanthan Gum, Hexyl Cinnamal.
L thoughts
I really love this as a morning cleanser, more than I liked the Brightening version which a) I found drying after a while and b) it randomly started foaming halfway through the bottle. This one feels like it would strip the skin to an extent, but it doesn’t. My skin feels balanced and calm after rinsing

2. Tone: Origins x Andrew Weil Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Treatment Lotion

  • Brand description: This light, refreshing treatment lotion, made with reishi mushroom and fermented chaga and coprinus mushrooms—hydrates and soothes for calm, healthy-looking skin. The formula is alcohol-free and pH-balanced.
  • Smell: Earthy, fresh, non-offensive
  • Texture/application: Water light, I apply to my hands and press into skin
  • Place used in my routine: AM after cleansing, before serums
  • Size and Price: 6.7 oz for $34
  • Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, PEG-4, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil**, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil**, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil**, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil**, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil**, Boswellia Carterii (Olibanum) Oil***, Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol, Ganoderma Lucidum (Reishi Mushroom) Extract, Fuscoporia Obliqua Sclerotium Extract, Cordyceps Sinensis (Mushroom) Extract, Ergothioneine, Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Lactobacillus Ferment, Hippophae Rhamnoides Extract*, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract*, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract*, Ocimum Sanctum (Holy Basil) Leaf Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Silybum Marianum Fruit Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Centella Asiatica (Hydrocotyl) Extract, Hypnea Musciformis (Algae) Extract, Caffeine, Sucrose*, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Extract, Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Gellidiella Acerosa Extract, Trideceth-9, Glycerin, Glycereth-26, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Maltodextrin, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol.
L thoughts
This is a staple in both my morning and evening routines. It calms, hydrates, and relieves redness, perfectly prepping skin for serums. I also love mixing this with a mask or using post exfoliating to soothe any irritation

3. Serum: Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum

  • Brand description: B-Hydra™ is a cool glass of water for your thirsty skin. Uniquely formulated with pro-vitamin B5 and pineapple ceramide, B-Hydra attracts and holds moisture to the skin, helping skin to look healthy and illuminated. A watermelon rind/apple/lentil complex provides up to 24 hours of continuous skin hydration, and visibly reduces the appearance of fine lines while increasing moisture retention. Barberry extract adds soothing properties. Sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer soaks in easily to provide unsurpassed hydration, and acts as a free radical scavenger. Drabness, dryness, uneven texture, and fine lines will appear diminished and skin will look brighter and more youthful with every application.
  • Smell: Almost nonexistent
  • Texture/application: True gel, edging on silicon-y
  • Place used in my routine: AM, after cleansing and toning
  • Size and Price: 1.69 oz for $52
  • Ingredients: Water, Coconut Alkanes, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Wheat Amino Acids, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Berberis Vulgaris Root Extract, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Panthenol, Sodium PCA, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Niacinamide, Cyclodextrin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Lactate, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyproline, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Citric Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Ethylhexylglycerin.
L thoughts
This is a great hydrating serum for dehydrated skins as it doesn’t immediately sink in leaving my cheeks tight. I feel hydrated and protected when I use this and it aids in smoothing the skin which is great for makeup application.

4. Moisturize: Clinique Moisture Surge Intense

  • Brand description: A cream-gel that instantly re-hydrates for 24 hours while helping fortify and repair skin’s moisture barrier. This rich, oil-free cream-gel instantly re-hydrates. Skin stays comfortably plumped, even 24 hours after you put it on. Daily use helps fortify and repair skin’s moisture barrier to keep moisture in and environmental irritants out.
  • Smell: Forgettable, mild, unoffensive. A bit milky?
  • Texture/application: Gel, absorbs easily, skin feels comfortable
  • Place used in my routine: AM After serums, before SPF
  • Size and Price: 1.7 oz for $39
  • Ingredients: Water , Cyclopentasiloxane , Glycerin , Butylene Glycol , Dimethicone , Cetyl Ethylhexanoate , Squalane , Disteardimonium Hectorite , Peg/Ppg-18/18 Dimethicone , Lauryl Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone , Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract , Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Extract , Caffeine , Whey Protein/Lactis Protein/Proteine Du Petit-Lait , Cholesterol , Sodium Hyaluronate , Petrolatum , Peg-150 , Sucrose , Pyridoxine Dipalmitate , Linoleic Acid , Tocopheryl Acetate , Citric Acid , Polysilicone-11 , Propylene Carbonate , Glyceryl Polymethacrylate , Peg-8 , Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract , Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Bran Extract , Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate , Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12 , Sodium Citrate , Sodium Hexametaphosphate , Chlorphenesin , Phenoxyethanol
L thoughts
This is a savior for my dehydrated skin. I find throughout the day my skin can “eat” my makeup and my pores become more visible – this goes a long way in preventing the makeup meltdown. I feel it strengthens my barrier and prevents moisture loss throughout the day while still feeling lightweight on the skin. Plays well with SPF and makeup, too.

5. SPF: La Mer The Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UV Protecting Fluid

  • Brand description: A powerful, lightweight fluid that provides daily protection against damaging UV light and keeps skin comfortable, hydrated, and soothed. This weightless, quick-absorbing veil of protection helps prevent the appearance of visible discolorations and is a vital last step in every daily regimen. Miracle Broth™ helps boost skin’s natural powers of renewal, while a blend of photonic spheres, gemstones, and smart seaweed that react to light help create a comforting emollient barrier.
  • Smell: Floral, but not grandmother offensive floral. Dissipates quickly
  • Texture/application: Lotion, bordering on cream. Spreads easily and absorbs nicely.
  • Place used in my routine: Final AM step
  • Size and Price: 1.7 oz for $90
  • Ingredients: Avobenzone 3.00%, Homosalate 5.00%, Octisalate 5.00%, Octocrylene 2.70%, Oxybenzone 3.00%, Water, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Methyl Trimethicone, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Seed Oil, Lauryl Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Peg-100 Stearate, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Dipentaerythrityl Tri-Polyhydroxystearate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Algae (Seaweed) Extract, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Seed Powder, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Meal, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Leaf Oil, Sodium Gluconate, Copper Gluconate, Calcium Gluconate, Magnesium Gluconate, Zinc Gluconate, Tocopheryl Succinate, Niacin, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Powder, Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract, Malachite, Caffeine, Sorbitol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Vp/Eicosene Copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Saccharide Isomerate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caprylyl Glycol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Citric Acid, Tourmaline, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Silica, Peg-8 Laurate, Fragrance, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Limonene, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool, Citronellol, Mica, Green 5 (Ci 61570), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891)
L thoughts
That price tag hurts, right? Sadly, I love this and so does my skin. It leaves the nicest non-matte, not too dewy finish that stays comfortable throughout the day. I can get away with using this as my moisturizer on some days and makeup stays fresh throughout the day.

VANESSA’S – PM Routine

1. First & Second Cleanse: Belif Cleansing Gel Oil Enriched

  • Brand description: This luxurious gel-textured, oil-based cleanser is brimming with skin-softening emollients designed to protect the skin and lock in moisture as it lifts away heavy layers of makeup. Packed with natural olive and macadamia nut oils, the silky-smooth formula benefits, rather than strips, the skin’s natural oils for a luminous glow, while skin-loving herbs work to calm and refresh for a clearer, healthier-looking, more radiant complexion.
  • Smell: Smells like a spa
  • Texture/application: Silky liquid oil
  • Place used in my routine: Evening first cleanse
  • Size and Price: 5.1 oz for $34
  • Ingredients: Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Triethylhexanoin, Dextrin Palmitate/Ethylhexanoate, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Nepeta Cataria Extract*, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract*, Baptisia Tinctoria Root Extract*, Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Extract*, Saponaria Officinalis Leaf Extract, Sapindus Mukurossi Fruit Extract, Benincasa Cerifera Seed Extract, Acorus Calamus Root Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Water, Fragrance, Citronellol, Limonene *: Napiers Original Formula, +/-:
    *Naturally Derived Fragrance
V thoughts
It is super silky and easily destroys makeup without vigorous rubbing. I slowly massage this on dry skin and my makeup melts away with ease. It doesn’t sting my eyes, it has a lovely scent, and wen you add water it turns milky and emulsifies.

3. Hydrating Essence: Tatcha The Essence Plumping Skin Softener

  • Brand description:A resurfacing softener of 98.7 percent pure antiaging Japanese superfoods that makes all skin care work better.
  • Smell: None that I detect
  • Texture/application: Watery consistency
  • Place used in my routine: After cleansing
  • Size and Price: 5.1 oz for $95
  • Ingredients: Saccharomyces/Camellia Sinensis Leaf/Cladosiphon Okamuranus/Rice Ferment Filtrate*, Propanediol, Soy Amino Acids, Yeast Extract, Water, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Dilauramidoglutamide Lysine, Phenoxyethanol *Hadasei-3.
V thoughts
This is an expensive product… but I really love using it. I was sent this in a PR package from Tatcha and I plan to repurchase it when mine is gone. The packaging is gorgeous and makes you feel special when you use it. But more importantly, this plumps up my skin, gives it lots of hydration, and makes my skin so soft when I consistently use it.

3. Treatment (Acid Exfoliation): Farmacy Honeymoon Glow AHA Resurfacing Serum

  • Brand description: A first of its kind, this multi-correctional face serum is formulated with a 14 percent AHA/BHA/flower acid blend to resurface dull skin overnight and reveal a healthy, younger-looking complexion. Blend of AHA from lactic, glycolic, citric and fruit acids, and BHA from salicylic acid, reduce the appearance of pores, fine lines, and wrinkles. Flower acids act as gentle exfoliators, smoothing, and retexturizing skin. Perfect for all skin types, this formula is infused with Echinacea GreenEnvy™ honey and hyaluronic acid for intense hydration, ensuring skin never feels dry or stripped.
  • Smell:
  • Texture/application: Thin, liquidy cream
  • Place used in my routine: After cleansing  as close to my skin as possible. I will sometimes use a watery essence beforehand to prep the skin with added moisture
  • Size and Price: 1 oz for $58
  • Ingredients: Water, Lactic Acid, Propanediol, Jojoba Esters, Glycolic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Citric Acid, Honey Extract, Echinacea Purpurea Root Extract, Propolis Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit/Leaf Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Salvia Hispanica Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Arachidyl Alcohol, Sclerotium Gum, Coco-Glucoside, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Behenyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Glucoside, Sodium Benzoate, Tocopherol, Potassium Sorbate, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Gluconolactone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Flower/Leaf Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, T-Butyl Alcohol, Glucose, Calcium Gluconate, Citral.
V thoughts
I was sent this as a PR sample and I have really enjoyed using it. I did a split face using this compared to Sunday Riley Good Genes and this was not as good at plumping up the skin as my favorite Good Genes! And since it is much cheaper AND doesn’t have a smell that my husband can’t stand to be around… this may end up being my GG replacement! [UPDATE 4/26/19: It will not be my GG replacement. It does cause some irritation if I use other acids during the week. During the time I was using this originally I had cut out almost all acids, so it is great if you don’t have other AHAs in your collection. But it was too irritating for me if I happened to  have used an acid toner a couple times during the week.] It tingles when you apply (similar to how GG feels for me) and absorbs easily. I didn’t see overnight results. But I spaced out its use (so as to not over exfoliate) and after my third use I started to become impressed.

4. Moisturize: Belif The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb

  • Brand description: The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb is a comforting moisture cream that provides the skin with intense, soothing hydration. Clinically tested to provide up to 26 hours of moisture, this uniquely indulgent formula leaves skin soft, supple, and deeply moisturized. This formula contains a blend of apothecary herbs, including comfrey leaf, a powerful hydrating agent. The cushiony cream format is designed to ‘burst’ when applied, releasing a flood of moisture onto skin, and then absorb completely without stickiness for a healthy, smooth, supple appearance.
  • Smell: Maybe a faint milky smell?
  • Texture/application: buttery and creamy consistency
  • Place used in my routine: Last step in routine (before an oil if I use one, or mixed in with an oil)
  • Size and Price: 1.68 oz for $38
  • Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Dipropylene Glycol, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Triethylhexanoin, Stearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, PEG-40 Stearate, Saccharomyces/Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Ferment Extract, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Saccharomyces/Imperata Cylindrica Root Ferment Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteayl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sorbitan Stearate, Stearic Acid, PEG-100 Stearate, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Poncirus Trifoliata Fruit Extract, Panthenol, *Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, *Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, *Nepeta Cataria Extract, *Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract, *Baptisia Tinctoria Root Extract, *Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Extract, **Alchemilla Vulgaris Leaf Extract, **Viola Tricolor Extract, **Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, **Spiraea Ulmaria Flower Extract, **Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Achillea Millefolium Flower Extract, Euphrasia Officinalis Extract, Thuja Occidentalis Leaf Extract, Menyanthes Trifoliata Leaf Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Chelidonium Majus Extract, Urea, Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid, Glycosyl Trehalose, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Trisodium EDTA, Tromethamine, ***Frgrance, Citronnellol, Limonene. *Napiers Original Formula. **Napiers Moisture Formula. ***Fragrances of Natural Origin.
V thoughts
Anytime anyone asks me for a moisturizer recommendation, this is what I suggest. I have oily/combo skin and so I first tried the Belif Aqua bomb and just wasn’t impressed. I felt like my skin still felt dehydrated. I heard Stephanie Nicole rave about this a couple years ago so I picked this up and I have never looked back. It is so hydrating but it is still light. But it isn’t so light that you feel like you put nothing on. It is rich but not greasy. Mixing this with an oil is a favorite way to use this to wake up with amazingly soft skin. I use this in the day time in the winter, and at night year round.

LAURA’S – PM Routine

1. First Cleanse: Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm

  • Brand description: This makeup remover effortlessly dissolves even the most tenacious makeup and sunscreen. Its non-greasy, non-drying, lightweight formula nourishes skin, cleanses thoroughly, and rinses off completely, so all that’s left is a fresh, dewy glow.
  • Smell: ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. There is zero sensory experience with this
  • Texture/application: a waxy balm, spreads easily onto skin, emulsifies, and rinses clean
  • Place used in my routine: Evening first cleanse
  • Size and Price: 3.8 oz for $29.50
  • Ingredients: Ethylhexyl Palmitate , Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil , Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride , Sorbeth-30 Tetraoleate , Polyethylene , Peg-5 Glyceryl Triisostearate , Water , Tocopherol , Phenoxyethanol
L thoughts
This is the definition of “no muss no fuss”. It effectively removes even waterproof mascara and all foundation, emulsifies nicely and rinses clean. I follow up with another cleanser after this because it can feel a bit waxy on my skin, but for first cleanse makeup removal, its amazing

2. Second Cleanse: First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser

  • Brand description: This Face Cleanser features a whipped texture that transforms into a sumptuous cream when blended with water. Infused with a powerful botanical antioxidant blend, it helps safeguard skin against environmental aggressors while also calming irritated skin. This non-stripping, pH-balanced formula works to maintain skin’s natural acidity and helps reduce flair-ups, never leaving skin feeling tight or dry.
  • Smell: Close to Noxema, which I love.
  • Texture/application: Cream, spreads easily and rinses clean
  • Place used in my routine: PM – second cleanse
  • Size and Price: 5 oz for $20
  • Ingredients: Water, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Allantoin, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Pca, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Lecithin, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Disodium Edta, Citric Acid, Maltodextrin, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Edta.
L thoughts
When my skin was at its worst, this was a savior to me. Gentle, thorough, non drying – it protected my skin while helping prep for next steps.

3. Mask: Origins x Andrew Weil Mega Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Mask

  • Brand description: This creamy treatment mask, made with reishi mushroom—and now with fermented chaga and coprinus mushrooms—reduces the appearance of redness and supports skin’s resilience. It leaves even sensitive skin calm and comforted.
  • Smell: Earthy, fresh, spa-like
  • Texture/application: Cream mask that doesn’t dry down, rinses clean
  • Place used in my routine: AM as a shower protector, PM post cleanse, before toning
  • Size and Price: 3.4 oz for $40
  • Ingredients:
    Water, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil*, Butylene Glycol, Squalane, PEG-100 Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate, Tribehenin, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Kaolin, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil** Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil**, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil**, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil**, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil**, Boswellia Carterii (Olibanum) Oil ***, Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol, Citral, Ganoderma Lucidum (Reishi Mushroom) Extract, Fuscoporia Obliqua Sclerotium Extract, Cordyceps Sinensis (Mushroom) Extract, Ergothioneine, Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Lactobacillus Ferment, Hippophae Rhamnoides Extract*, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract*, Ocimum Sanctum (Holy Basil) Leaf Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Silybum Marianum Fruit Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Fruit Extract, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Sucrose*, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Asparagopsis Armata Extract, Yeast Extract, Cladosiphon Okamuranus Extract, Hypnea Musciformis (Algae) Extract, Behenyl Alcohol, Sorbitol, Trehalose, Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Caffeine, Gellidiella Acerosa Extract, Calcium Carbonate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Polysorbate 20, Phytosterols, Maltodextrin Tocotrienols Phytosphingosine, Squalene, Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Potassium Hydroxide, Carbomer, Hexylene Glycol, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Dextrin, Phenoxyethanol, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).
L thoughts
One of my all time favorite masks (Note from Vanessa: This is also one my all-time favorite masks too!), this visibly reduces redness and calms skin, making it lovely post acid exfoliating or as a shower mask. I’ve mixed this with hydrating serums and clay masks alike with fantastic results.

4. Toner: SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

  • Brand description: SK-II’s signature product and highly awarded bestseller. Essentially unchanged for more than 35 years, this essence transforms all five dimensions of your skin to crystal clear—spots are less visible, appearance of wrinkles is reduced, skin texture is more refined, firmness is improved, and radiance is beautifully elevated. With over 90 percent pitera, SK-II’s bio-ingredient helps renew skin, boost moisture and radiance, and combat signs of aging. Smell: I like it, and I dislike the rose scent. This one smells fresh without being overly floral
  • Texture/application: Water light, dropped into palms and pressed into skin
  • Place used in my routine: Evening, after second cleanse (if acid toning, after acid toner)
  • Size and Price: 2.5 oz for $99
  • Ingredients: Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate (Pitera), Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Water, Sodium Benzoate, Methylparaben, Sorbic Acid.
L thoughts
My all-time favorite essence, the more I use it the more I love it. I notice increased clarity and luminosity to my skin and a more balanced complexion. This rarely goes on sale, and I plan to pick up a backup.

5. Serum: Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II (after Drunk Elephant B-Hydra again)

  • Brand description: Reveal a smoother, more radiant, younger look and wake up to more beautiful skin every day. This powerful serum dramatically reduces the look of key signs of aging, while maximizing the power of skin’s natural nighttime renewal with exclusive ChronoluxCB™ technology. It improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and leaves skin smoother, stronger, and more hydrated.
  • Smell: It smells like fresh science if that makes sense – not a green beauty fresh floral or earthy scent, but a fresh “active” scent
  • Texture/application: Light gel, absorbs easily
  • Place used in my routine: PM, after cleansing, toning, and a hydrating serum
  • Size and Price: 1.0 oz for $68
  • Ingredients: Advanced Night Repr Sync Rec Cmp11 Division: El (Estee Lauder)Ingredients: Water , Bifida Ferment Lysate , Methyl Gluceth-20 , Peg-75 , Bis-Peg-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane , Butylene Glycol , Propanediol , Cola Acuminata (Kola) Seed Extract , Hydrolyzed Algin , Pantethine , Caffeine , Lecithin , Tripeptide-32 , Ethylhexylglycerin , Sodium Rna , Bisabolol , Glycereth-26 , Squalane , Sodium Hyaluronate , Oleth-3 Phosphate , Caprylyl Glycol , Lactobacillus Ferment , Oleth-3 , Oleth-5 , Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) , Yeast Extract/Faex/Extrait De Levure , Choleth-24 , Hydrogenated Lecithin , Ceteth-24 , Tocopheryl Acetate , Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate , Hexylene Glycol , Carbomer , Triethanolamine , Trisodium Edta , Bht , Xanthan Gum , Phenoxyethanol , Red 4 (Ci 14700) , Yellow 5 (Ci 19140)
L thoughts
I finally joined the ANR club earlier this year and I like it as an all around PM serum to tackle multiple signs of aging. When I can’t decide what to use, ANR it is and I enjoy bright, comfortable skin the next morning

6. Moisturizer: Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream

  • Brand description: This all-purpose rescue cream, whipped into an airy blend of six rare African oils, recovers and locks in intense moisture for hours after application. Plantain extract helps visibly brighten skin, while sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer easily soaks in and releases long-lasting hydration. In addition, antioxidant-rich fermented green tea helps combat signs of aging and relieves irritation from environmental stressors. Loaded with omega acids, Lala Retro™ is a silky, dream come true for tired, dehydrated, dry skin.
  • Smell: This smells milky and I enjoy it quite a lot
  • Texture/application: Cream, middle weight, comforts the skin
  • Place used in my routine: PM – final step
  • Size and Price: 1.69 oz for $60
  • Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Isopropyl Isostearate, Pseudozyma Epicola/Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil/Glucose/Glycine Soja Meal/Malt Extract/Yeast Extract Ferment Filtrate (Pseudozyma Epicola/Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil/Glucose/Yeast Extract Ferment Filtrate), Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cetearyl Alcohol, Pentylene Glycol, Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract, Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Seed Oil, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Schinziophyton Rautanenii Kernel Oil, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Polyglyceryl-6 Ximenia Americana Seedate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Ceteareth-20, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.
L thoughts
This is a fantastic night cream for dehydrated skins looking to keep all the goodness from serums in, and stop moisture loss throughout the night. A little goes a long way, it provides a protective barrier on the skin that is hydrating, comforting, and soothing

Since we own all of the items we recommended, we wanted to close by showing you what is currently in our cart!

Vanessa’s Cart

I have been using samples of the Soleil Blanc for a year (I will go into Nordstrom for a sample every couple of months because the price keeps making me question whether I love it). After much deliberation, I have decided I am in love and it is time to finally buy it!

I ALWAYS get a new pack of the Shiseido facial cottons because I ADORE them. I will probably end up getting two packs and maybe one for my mom because I got her hooked on them as well.

I have a full size of Dim in the Ambient Lighting Powder but I want a small size of Diffused just for under my eyes.

I have wanted the Tom Ford eyeshadow for so so long. I have finally used up a couple other cream eye shadows so I am finally giving into temptation.


Laura’s Cart

(Keep in mind, she is in Canada, hence the prices)

Two days ago there would have been four items, yet when it was time for serious buying two of the items were out of stock: a repurchase of La Mer’s SPF 50, and the Hourglass Illume Sheer Trio. So what’s ready to be purchased?
Two new to me makeup items from Nudestix: the Soft and Smokey set and the Nudies All Over Face Colour in Naughty n’ Spice. Vanessa got me hooked on cream cheek colour with the Tom Ford stick (probably my number 1 makeup recommendation in the makeup department) and I want to try more. The Nudies one looks promising and the added brush is a bonus.